Police Officer Recruitment and Testing Process  

 Please direct ALL QUESTIONS regarding the application, required documents or testing before the application date to (800) 342-HIRE or

 The Naperville Police Department employs a staff of almost 300 employees whose mission is to provide professional, high quality and effective police service in partnership with the community.

Recognizing the diverse needs of the community, the department provides and encourages a policy of professional and individual excellence which is enhanced by continuing education and training. The department expects to hire approximately 20 to 25 police officers in the next two years. The annual starting salary for a Naperville police officer is currently $69,387. 

Applicants for an entry-level position in the Naperville Police Department must meet the following criteria for submission of an application:

Citizenship and Residency

Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America. Proof of citizenship will be required at time of application. Sworn personnel of the Naperville Police Department shall not be required to be residents of the City of Naperville.


Applicants must be at least twenty-one years of age and shall be under thirty-five years of age, unless the applicant falls under one of the following exceptions to the maximum hiring age:

  1. Any person previously employed as a police officer in a regularly constituted police department of any municipality located in Illinois or another state; or
  2. Any person who has served as a deputy under Section 3-6008 of the Counties Code (55 ILCS 5/3-6008) and otherwise meets necessary training requirements; or
  3. Any person who has served as a sworn officer as a member of the Illinois Department of State Police; or
  4. Any person who is a veteran, who shall be allowed to exceed the maximum age provision by the number of years served on active military duty, but by no more than ten years of active military duty.

Age for application will be calculated as of the date of scheduled orientation. Proof of birth date will be required at time of application.


Applicants must be a high school graduate or equivalent at the time of hire. Furthermore, applicants must have completed at least sixty credit hours at an accredited college or university at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from an accredited college or university at the time of appointment. Original, official transcripts from college or university will be required as proof of higher education.


Who, what, where, when and how much: 

  • Application Fee - $32
  • Application Form - Click Here
  • Orientation - Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.
    North Central College
    Wentz Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL 
    Chick here for a map of the campus   
  • Written Test - Friday, August 12, 2016
    Immediately following the orientation.
  • Application Deadline - Friday, July 15, 2016
  • Peace Officer Wellness Evaluation Report (POWER) Certification  - Applicants must provide a copy of their current and valid POWER test certification card issued within six months immediately preceding the date of application to the Board or its agent with their completed job application. For more information about the POWER test, click here.

    POWER certification can be obtained at the following locations:  
  • For questions regarding the application, required documents or testing before the application date, contact (800) 342-HIRE or

   Scope of the testing process: 

  • Mandatory Orientation
  • Written Test
  • Oral Interview with a writing assessment component

Weight of Components:  

Failure to participate in any one of the testing components or failure to achieve the minimum passing grade in any examination disqualifies the applicant from any further participation in the testing process.

The applicant’s final weighted score on the graded portion of the examination process, along with the application of veteran’s and other preference points, shall determine the applicant’s qualification for and placement on the final register of eligible candidates.

The following shows the minimum passing score and weighting of the different testing components for 2016 Police Officer Testing with the Naperville Police Department:

Orientation – no minimum score or weighting

  • Written Test – 70% minimum score, 60% weighting
  • Oral Examination with Writing Assessment – no minimum score, 40% weighting that is determined by combining the following:
    • Oral Examination – 87.5%
    • Writing Assessment – 12.5% 

Preference Points  

  • Veteran’s Preference Points - Applicants who actively served in the United States military for at least one year and who were honorably discharged or are now on inactive or reserve duty shall be preferred for employment and shall receive not less than five (5) preference points. Proof of such service must include a copy of Military Form DD-214 (long form) as proof of active service and evidence of the honorable discharge.
  • Interns, Community Service Officers and Detention Officers - Applicants who successfully completed the Naperville Police Department’s Internship Program, or who have completed probation and currently serve in good standing as Community Service Officers or Detention Officers for the Naperville Police Department, shall receive between zero and three preference points. The amount of points to be awarded shall be announced at the time of application. For the year 2016 the number of points that shall be awarded are three (3). Proof of successful completion of the internship program, or proof of the completion of the probationary period and good standing as a Community Service or Detention Officer, must accompany the claim for preference points. Preference points awarded under this sub-section shall not be cumulative.

 The City of Naperville is an Equal
Opportunity Employer